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Boxing's Best Flyweights and Strawweights of All Time

Updated on April 20, 2017

Great Little Men

Ricardo Lopez retired undefeated with a record of 50 wins, no losses and one draw that was  avenged. He was a master boxer with power to finish opponents in both hands.
Ricardo Lopez retired undefeated with a record of 50 wins, no losses and one draw that was avenged. He was a master boxer with power to finish opponents in both hands. | Source
Jimmy Wilde was one of the greatest little boxers the world has ever known. His defense, jab and perfect timing were extraordinary.
Jimmy Wilde was one of the greatest little boxers the world has ever known. His defense, jab and perfect timing were extraordinary. | Source
Khaosai Galaxy was a boxer puncher who knew how to judge distance and how to close distance with precision.
Khaosai Galaxy was a boxer puncher who knew how to judge distance and how to close distance with precision. | Source
Pascal Perez never bowed away from any prizefighter inside the squared circle. He was a true warrior in every sense of the word.
Pascal Perez never bowed away from any prizefighter inside the squared circle. He was a true warrior in every sense of the word. | Source
Michael Carbajal won a Gold medal in the Olympic games. He helped garner attention to the small guys because of his fan friendly boxing style.
Michael Carbajal won a Gold medal in the Olympic games. He helped garner attention to the small guys because of his fan friendly boxing style. | Source
Chiquita Gonzales beat Michael Carbajal two out of three times.
Chiquita Gonzales beat Michael Carbajal two out of three times. | Source

Legendary Flyweights and Minimumweights

1. Jimmy Wilde: Wilde retired with a Flyweight record of one hundred thirty eight wins, five losses and two draws with one hundred wins by knockout. He fought thirteen boxers while champion and is rated by Ring Magazine as the third hardest puncher in boxing history. Wilde had two fisted punching power and he has been known to knock out opponents with grazing shots to the head. Wilde was more than a puncher. He possessed a terrific jab, chin and his ability to cut off the ring was peerless in his time. An all-time great without a doubt. Not just the best flyweight but one of the best fighters in the annals of boxing. As perfect as a boxer-puncher as you could ask for and more. This little guy is the gold standard for this weight class.

2. Ricardo Lopez: Lopez retired with an undefeated record of fifty one wins, no losses and thirty eight knockouts on his resume. As a minimumweight he defended his title a record twenty one times and he also won the light flyweight belt and defended it twice. He was a classic boxer puncher with great ring generalship. He was a craftsman who knew every trick in the book. His crisp, accurate jab, feints and footwork were elite in the sport. Lopez fought the best of his era but his era happened to be weaker than Jimmy Wilde's era.

3. Khaosai Galaxy: Galaxy retired from boxing with a record of forty nine wins, one loss and forty three knockouts. He was Flyweight Champion from 1984-1991 and made nineteen World Title defenses and ended sixteen of them inside the distance. He was a power puncher who punched in combination and he was very accurate. Not to mention he had an iron chin and unlimited stamina.

4. Pascal Perez: Perez was a great Flyweight Champion from 1954 until 1960 and he retired with a boxing record of eighty four wins, seven losses and fifty seven knockouts to his credit. Perez was Argentina's first ever world champion.

5. Michael Carbajal: Carbajal was a five time Light Flyweight Champion who retired with a record of forty nine wins, four losses and thirty three knockouts. Carbajal defended his first title six times while in his prime. He was a silver medal winner in the Olympics and he fought the fight of the year against Humberto Gonzalez.

Lace Up The Gloves!

Boxing gloves are used to prevent boxers from injuring their hands during boxing matches. In the pro game gloves range in size from 8 ounces to 12 ounces.
Boxing gloves are used to prevent boxers from injuring their hands during boxing matches. In the pro game gloves range in size from 8 ounces to 12 ounces. | Source

Legendary Strawweights and Minimumweights

1. Ricardo Lopez: Lopez retired with a perfect record of 51-0-1. He defended the Minimum Weight Crown twenty one times. He beat Alex Sanchez and Rosendo Alvarez during his distinguished career. His jab was like a pole and he could beat you from a distance or work you over on the inside. Whatever it takes to win El Finito was capable of adjusting and doing it.

2. Ratanapol Sor Vorapin: Vorapin won the championship and held onto it for five years making and carrying out twenty successful defenses. Among those that he defeated was Champion Manny Melchor.

3. Zolani Petelo: Pattelo won the Minimumweight Title against Ratanapol Sor Vorapin and he made six successful title defenses. He wasn't great at any one thing but he was very good at everything. Good jab, good power, good speed and reflexes and a solid skill set.

4. Jose Antonio Aguirre: He is the former Strawweight Champion of the World. Aguirre had a total of thirty four wins, nine losses, one draw and twenty knockouts. He beat Wandee Singwangcha for the Title.

5. Chaquita Gonzales: He retired with a Light Flyweight record of forty three wins, three losses and thirty one big knockouts on his resume. He won three titles in his division beating among others, Michael Carbajal and Melchor Cob Castro.

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8 Division World Champion: Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao once fought as a Flyweight and ended up winning titles in a record 8 divisions.
Manny Pacquiao once fought as a Flyweight and ended up winning titles in a record 8 divisions. | Source
The Speedbag helps with timing, speed and hand to eye coordination.
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